Confusion reigns over Tottenham-Man City fixture following stadium delay

Ruben Hill
August 18, 2018

Premier League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur has been forced to delay its move into a new 62,062 capacity stadium due to "unavoidable" issues surrounding safety. That will now be played across north London at Wembley Stadium on the same day. Tottenham said recent testing had shown up the safety system issues, which meant test events that should have taken place on August 27 and Sept 1 can not be held.

The move also means that the debut of a state-of-the-art retractable National Football League field, that was to be used for the first time for a Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders game scheduled for October 14, has been delayed.

Wembley will also stage the October 21 game between the Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Chargers, and the meeting between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars a week later.

It was designed with NFL-sized changing rooms and to ensure the grass soccer pitch can be retracted and kept under lights below the stands when the artificial surface is required for the NFL.

Mark Waller, NFL executive vice-president, international, said: "We totally understand the issue".

Spurs can not use Wembley for their fixture against Manchester City on 28 October because the national stadium is hosting an NFL game that day.

Tottenham Hotspur will be blocked by Rugby Football Union chiefs from playing their match against Manchester City at Twickenham Stadium, a report claims.

"Urgent follow-up meetings with Mace and the trade contractors are now taking place".

According to The Sun, the north London outfit asked if the match could be played at the Etihad Stadium instead, but this request was rejected by the Premier League.

The club is also in talks with UEFA over the venue for their home group games in the Champions League.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: "We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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